Are You a Grad-waiting Student?

Kat Melocoton | Photo by Suad Kamardeen

It’s already 2am, but I can’t sleep. Supposedly, I should feel sleepy because I didn’t get enough sleep these past few weeks. But now here I am, fully awake.

Maybe God wants to say something to me. So I just listened to worship songs until I fall asleep. A few minutes later, I decided to browse my social media accounts.

There, I saw people rejoicing, especially the students and parents. I think this is the moment they waited for the most, the Graduation day.

I was so glad to see students wearing their toga, whether it is white, red or black. It just makes me appreciate how God can be so faithful to anyone. On the other hand, while browsing my Facebook, I just realized that not all of them has the same ending.

Not all worn their toga this year. Few temporarily abandoned their studies because they are the breadwinner of their household. Some at an early age faced the responsibility of being a mother or a father. Most of them struggle financially how their studies can still be sustained. While others are ridiculed for being a failure many times.

I think if they just marched on their graduation day at this moment, they are also one of the proud students who will change their profile pictures while wearing their togas and holding a certificate. I think people around them will also rejoice for the milestone they have reached. If things didn’t happen in their lives, maybe they also get their happy endings.

Are you a graduating student? Or maybe I should turn that around and ask, are you a grad-waiting student?

Sometimes, we ask many questions about what we experience. When life is not going on our way, we start comparing ourselves to other people’s lives. We tend to ask God why He let bad things happen to us, while for others, it’s another way around.

God doesn’t show partiality.

Sometimes, you may think that God shows favoritism. You see other people prosper, while your prayers were still unanswered. But that’s not true. The Bible said that He makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, while sends rain to both just and unjust (Matthew 5:45). Like how He knew all the stars by name and the number of every grain of sand, and so with us. Nothing is missed and nobody is forgotten. We are all equally loved, cared and cherished.

You have many things to thank God for.

You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. Forty years you sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell. — Nehemiah 9:20-21

God is involved in every single day of our lives. We have so many things to thank Him for. Since the day of our birth until today, God sustains us. He provides food every day and keeps us in our ways. Instead of complaining, why don’t we pause and think what God has done in our lives? We may think we have been forgotten, but it is we who forget.

God’s plan is good, pleasing and perfect.

To all the graduates out there, I congratulate you! God indeed is faithful. You are an inspiration to those who are still studying or will continue in their studies this year.

But to those who are supposed to graduate, but didn’t make it. If you chose not to give up, I am here to commend you. Congratulations for not losing hope despite the turmoil you experience. Thank you for being tough enough to endure the pain of failure, shame, and difficulties.

I believe God is not done with your life. He has a plan for you, that plan is not to harm you, but to give you hope and a future. He saw all of your tears at night. He knows what’s in your heart.

Sometimes we don’t understand why God let things happen in our lives. But we can’t and we don’t have to. Our understanding can’t comprehend the ways of God. All I know is that His plan is good, pleasing and perfect. We may not see it right now, but I believe in His perfect timing we can.

Someone wears the unbearable heaviness of your challenges.

I know it is not easy to bear the grief you’ve experienced. But I knew someone who also suffered the pain and humiliation, greater than what you can ever endure. His name is Jesus. I know you’ve been hurt and broken, but Jesus carried all the unbearable heaviness of your wounds, shame, and sin at the foot of the cross for you to be restored.

Trust Him by knowing His word.

Do not lose heart! Jesus has a better plan for you than what you could ever imagine. God has a lot of promises in His word, and you should start claiming it. He is faithful and able to do what He has said. He is a strength to those who seek and refuge for those who trust. There is nothing too great for Him, He can do what seems impossible for you. All you need to do is to surrender everything under His feet and let him achieve what He wants to do in your life. I’d like to quote a line from my favorite anime, “Once you’ve successfully endured the pain, you will gain a heart that is stout enough not to be overcome by anything.”

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. — Philippians 4:13


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